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Video: Free events across Belfast as Festival of Learning returns

The Belfast Festival of Learning makes a welcome return to the city from March 4-10, marking its fourth year with a busy programme of free interactive and engaging events.

The week-long festival will take place in venues across Belfast, celebrating the city’s UNESCO status within the Global Network of Learning Cities.

In 2018 Belfast became the first city in Northern Ireland to join the network, connecting with 200 cities around the world committed to using learning to improve the lives of their citizens by sharing good practice, creative solutions and ideas in addressing key concerns that impact society.

Launching the festival, Belfast Lord Mayor Deirdre Hargey said: “The quality and diversity of events on offer is fantastic with something for everyone to enjoy.

“Learning should be accessible to all and this festival is testament to that ethos. The importance of building a learning city cannot be underestimated, and between March 4-10 we can help create a culture of learning by offering free, accessible, creative events that are relevant to people’s lives, whatever stage that might be.

“The theme of this year’s festival is celebration – and we will be celebrating our UNESCO status, shining a spotlight on all of the excellent opportunities that Belfast offers across the wide spectrum of learning.”

Representatives from the learning cities of Limerick, Cork, Swansea, Derry & Strabane and Dublin were welcomed to Belfast City Hall to share their ideas of how learning can be used as a building block to create better lives for citizens.

The festival includes a Jobs Fair in the Europa Hotel, a family friendly screening of Wall-e in City Hall, yoga for all in Girdwood Community Hub and computer skills for all ages in venues across the city.

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